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Operator and managers fined for illegal guesthouse operations

     Two women and a man were fined $2,500 to $20,000 at the Kowloon City Magistrates' Courts today (February 6) for contravening the Hotel and Guesthouse Accommodation Ordinance.

     The courts heard that officers of the Office of the Licensing Authority (OLA), Home Affairs Department, inspected three suspected unlicensed guesthouses on Nathan Road, Nelson Street and Bute Street in Mong Kok in May and July last year. OLA officers posed as lodgers and successfully rented rooms in these three guesthouses on a daily basis.

     According to the OLA's records, these guesthouses did not possess valid certificates of exemption or licences under the Ordinance on the days of inspection. Therefore, the two women and the man who were responsible for managing or operating these premises were charged with contravening section 5(1) of the Ordinance.

     A department spokesman stressed that it is a criminal offence to operate or manage an unlicensed guesthouse. Any person who is convicted of operating or managing an unlicensed guesthouse is liable to imprisonment. The maximum penalty upon conviction is a $200,000 fine and imprisonment for two years.

     He appealed to the public to report suspected illegal guesthouses to the OLA through the OLA hotline (2881 7498), by email ( or by fax (fax number: 2504 5805) using the report form downloaded from the website (

Ends/Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Issued at HKT 17:16


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